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HaBaWaBa Spain 2018

More than 600 kids and 44 teams from 9 countries met at the Montjuïc Olympic Pool (Barcelona)

After 11 editions in Italy, three in Greece and other four in North America, it was Spain and Barcelona’s turn, with a very special first edition. The first HaBaWaBa Spain arrived in Barcelona running alongside the 33rd European Water Polo Championships.

During four days, the Montjuïc Municipal Pool became the festival’s splendid venue. The Royal Swimming Spanish Federation (RFEN) trusted Barcelona International Water Polo Academy (BIWPA) for the organization of the event, which gathered 44 teams -36 U12 and 8 U10- from 9 different nationalities. Among the 44 teams, 27 where Spanish. Italy, Hungary, Malta, The Netherlands, Finland, Switzerland, France and Egypt were the other countries represented.

BIWPA was up to a festival that goes far beyond the competition and the results. As indicated by its acronym (Happy Baby Water Ball), the HaBaWaBa is a unique experience for all participants with water polo, fun and learning.

More than 600 young players had four amazing days of water polo and fun, with animation activities, fair play workshops and exciting matches at the Europeans. The Hungary-Italy (5-12), the Montenegro-Spain (7-7) in the men’s competition, or the Greece-Holland (7-8) and the Spain-Russia (12-11) in women’s were some of the best.

From July 18th to 21st , the stands at the Bernat Picornell pools were full of HaBaWaBa kids. Between 300 and 400 participants dropped by the Europeans venue and proved that passion for water polo is more alive than ever.

In the Village area at the Europeans, before the matches, HaBaWaBa’s mascot Rock & Pop and Barcelona 2018’s mascot Wopit were waiting for the kids to make the wait more pleasant with some music and dancing. Of course, Katy Perry’s Swish Swish was the top hit.

The former centre-forward Iván Pérez and former Spain Women’s national team player Laura López were the two HaBaWaBa Spain ambassadors. The legend Ratko Rudic didn’t miss the event either. But the best surprise for all participants was the visit of Spain Men and Women’s national teams. The current silver and bronze medallists took hundreds of pictures and signed autographs for the HaBaWaBa kids.

Hegemony for CNB

Quim Colet, one of the important figures of the water polo model in Spain, led the organization of the competition, in which Club Natació Barcelona (Spain) claimed first place in both categories, U10 and U12. In the U10 tournament, CN Barcelona beat UE Horta ‘Taurons’ (Spain) at the final (6-5), while CN Poble Nou (Spain) finished in third place.

In the U12 category, teams were divided into three different divisions (Bronze, Silver and Gold) after the first stage, so nine teams won an award. CN Barcelona, Posillipo ‘Coccodrilli’ (Italy) and KSI ‘Blue Sharks’ from Budapest reached the podium in this order.

In the Silver Division, YBL Waterpolo Club (Hungary) finished in first place, followed by CN Rubí and Askartza Claret from Spain. Aquatica Torino (Italy) beat Pallanuoto Salerno (Italy) in the Bronze Division final, while CN Helios (Spain) were third.

HaBaWaBa Spain 2019

The Spanish Swimming Federation has congratulated BIWPA on the organization of the HaBaWaBa Spain and they are already in talks to decide place and dates for next year’s edition.

 

Some pictures from the festival, by Pfotoàlbums (more here):

HaBaWaBa Spain 2018

The participants of HaBaWaBa Spain will have the chance to attend the European Championships for free

 

Can you imagine taking part in the flagship water polo tournament for children aged 6 to 12 in the context of the European Water Polo Championships? Coincidences exist and Barcelona is the city where they will become a reality. HaBaWaBa Spain 2018 arrives with force in its first edition in Barcelona, ​​which will extend from July 17th through July 22nd.

After 10 successful editions in Italy and several more in Greece and North America, it is now the turn for Spain. The tournament 10U and 12U will coincide with the celebration of the first phase of the 33rd European LEN European Water Polo Championships, unifying the two events in two of the most iconic pools in Barcelona, ​​located at the magical mountain of Montjuïc .

The Municipal Olympic pool will host HaBaWaBa Spain, while the stars of the European national teams will play in the Bernat Picornell pool. The two locations are just 10 minutes away and connected by the same goal: stirring up passions among water polo fans of all kinds, regardless of their age, level or origin.

The venue for the 12U children’s tournament, inaugurated for the Barcelona 92 ​​Olympic Games, has impressive stands, two pools that can hold up to 5 games at once and unique views of the city’s skyline. In addition, the young participants, upon registration, will have access to the European Championships.

The competition will last 4 days during which 420 games will be played. For this first edition in Barcelona, ​​the prospective aspirations are high: 64 teams, countries from all over the world, 832 children and more than 1,000 attendees are expected. On the other hand, 8 men’s national teams and 6 women’s national teams are already qualified for the European Championships. The rest of the teams, until reaching 16 and 12 respectively, will be decided in the Pre-Europeans that will begin in February 2018.

HaBaWaBa Spain 2018